MIT professor : Windows 8 is a Christmas gift for ‘someone you hate’

Internet entrepreneur and MIT professor Philip Greenspun has cast his critical eye over Microsoft’s latest operating system and concluded that it is the “Christmas gift for someone you hate,” ZDNet reports. But after more than a month of using the operating system, it’s becoming increasingly clear that not all of Greenspun’s critiques are valid. In fact, in some cases, he’s just screaming into the wind. The first criticism Greenspun levels at Windows 8 is the lack of features that are present on other operating systems. He points to the “permanently on-screen Back button” and “permanently on-screen Home button” present in Android, the “permanent hardware Home button” on iOS devices, and the “context-dependent menu of useful functions” found in earlier versions of Windows.

“Microsoft has had since October 2008 to study Android. It has had since June 2007 to study iPhone. It seems as though they did not figure out what is good about the standard tablet operating systems,” Greenspun wrote…

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